National Lockdown
Now that we have entered a third lockdown, I know that many of you will be worried what impact it will have on you, your family and friends, as well as how you can access help and support.

Infections are very high locally and across London. The virus is spreading fast.
The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Leaving home
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
• shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
• go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
• exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
• meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
• seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
• attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

Meeting others
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You cannot meet other people you do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household

The full Government coronavirus guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Working for You

I am continuing to work with colleagues in Parliament raising issues with the Government including on education, schools, the health service and business support. I am also working locally with the Council, the local NHS and local voluntary organisations. My office is continuing to operate remotely, so if you have any concerns or questions please email me at seema.malhotra.mp@parliament.uk

I sympathise profoundly with the families of those who have lost loved ones, as well as all other individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus. I am also immensely grateful to all our NHS staff, social care workers and all key workers who are working tirelessly to help deal with this crisis.

Useful contacts
London Borough of Hounslow coronavirus information: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Hounslow Community Hub for emergency assistance, food and clothing: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/hub

Support if you are feeling isolated: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/homepage/198/physical_and_mental_health

For information on Coronavirus and what symptoms to be aware of, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For help with Universal Credit, in the first instance for help with the application form, please contact the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB): https://hounslowcabs.org.uk/

 

 

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